Nashville Predators: Three Factors in the Overtime Win over Oilers

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) is congratulated by teammates after an overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) is congratulated by teammates after an overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /
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The eight-game losing streak to Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers that dated back to 2019 finally ended on Monday for the Nashville Predators.

In a game that the Predators had the lead three times, the Oilers refused to go away thanks to two power play goals from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and two assists from McDavid.

The Oilers power play went 2-for-3, and their one power play miss still resulted in a goal shortly after it expired as the Predators were scrambling to get organized after Cole Smith came out of the box.

Saying this was a badly needed win is an understatement. The Predators were on a six-game losing streak and sporting a power play that had only connected twice since November 21.

With the overtime win, scored by Alexandre Carrier on what was an odd and mistimed Oilers line change, the Nashville Predators moved to 13-13-4 for 30 points and six points behind the Oilers and Avalanche for a wildcard spot.

Here’s my three top factors in the 4-3 overtime win.